Week 2. Spanish-Style Chicken Bake

In a fat moment I bought the Hairy Dieters book.

I don’t know why, I was stopping at my parents’ and my dad’s a fussy eater and won’t eat spicy food, so I couldn’t make any of the recipes while I was there.  So it went into a book box.

Hairy Dieters

My cousin recommended that I try this recipe, she said it was one of her regulars, so after a few trips gathering ingredients and braving the butcher’s shop (and asking the hot butcher if he’d mind boning my thighs.  We both blushed), I gave it a go.

I had to do a spot of maths to halve the recipe (to serve two) because I wasn’t sure if I’d be OK reheating the chicken.  Because of this I used one red onion instead of half a red and half a normal onion. I think I also used the whole pepper rather than have half sitting around my tiny fridge.

It takes an hour in the oven, so if you’re not usually home until seven it may be best to make this at the weekend.  I’d never had to spoon hot juices back over food I’ve been cooking, and I was a bit apprehensive that I was going to pour it all over my wrist. Also my Cath Kidston oven gloves aren’t actually heatproof.

spanish style chicken

It was nice, and as it contains potatoes and veg you don’t need to make any other things to go with it.  The book says its only 370 calories per portion – which I guess varies slightly depending on the size of your thighs…

I’ve not made it since, but I will – it just takes a lot of ingredients and time to make.  The chicken was lovely from the butcher’s, but I’m not sure how it would taste with supermarket chicken (probably the same)

The Hairy Dieters by Dave Myers and Si King (Weidenfield & Nicholson/Orion 2012 ISBN: 978 0 297 86905 4)

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